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January 04, 2021

Mobile Passport


MPC-logo-phone-320pxAre you looking for a fast pass through customs?  There is an app for that!  A free app for Apple and Android phones, Mobile Passport, allows you to skip long lines and avoid searching for a pen to complete the pesky customs forms and the passport scanning kiosks at the airport.  Simply complete the process listed below on your smart phone and deplane proceeding directly to the customs agent desk.  

Don't misunderstand, its not a substitute for your passport or TSA PreCheck or Global Entry, but its a good option for avoiding long lines to re-enter the United States, if you don't have TSA precheck or global entry.  Currently its accepted at 4 cruise ports and 29  United States Airports.  .Click here for complete list

What's behind the magic?  Full details can be found at U.S. Customs and Border Proection, here is a brief overview.

Innovative software authenticator that allows you to generate one-time passcodes instantly on your phone.  Note the free version only holds your data for 7 days so you may need to download during your trip.  If you travel often, you may want to purchase the app, there is an annual fee.5 easy steps

DO Steps 1-3 before you date of return

Step 1: Download the app to your smartphone
Grab the app off of the App Store or Google Play. This is also going to require you having your phone charged by the time you arrive at your connecting airport, so don’t let the battery die streaming movies all the way home.!Step 2: Set up your profile
Enter your profile information as it appears on your valid, official passport. You can set up profiles for your entire family. Your information will be encrypted and shared only with CBP.Step 3: Take a self-photo (for each profile)

Steps 4-5 on return trip home only after landing in United States, because its only good for 4 hours:  
ONLY AFTER YOU LAND IN connecting airport in the United States, you’ll have to connect to your cellular network or wi-fi. Answer CBP’s four brief questions about your trip, and carefully review all of your information for the trip via the app.Step 4: Submit to CBP
Within a few seconds, you will receive a receipt with an encrypted barcode. Your receipt will be valid for 4 hours.Step 5: Skip the line and save time
Follow the MOBILE PASSPORT CONTROL signs and skip the lines!
Show your passport to the CBP officer and scan the barcode on the CBP receipt. Wave goodbye to all the people giving you the raised eye in the normal lines.   

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